Chief Executive Officer

Ian brings over 30 years of minerals industry experience in operations, exploration, business and project development, project finance, equities, executive leadership, risk management and ESG. He was previously President BHP Coal, President of BHP Exploration, Managing Director at Citigroup, and he has worked at Anglo American and Rio Tinto. Ian has experience in most commodities in more than 40 countries and has worked in an advisory capacity with a number of NGO’s. Ian is an Operating Partner at Pacific Road Capital and is Chair of the Pacific Road ESG Committee.



John has been with North Coal since 2013, guiding the business from its initial days as a small, early-stage exploration company through to today’s position as an emerging hard coking coal producer. He has over 20 years of experience in the mining sector from a variety of roles both in oil sands operations and Elk Valley coal mines. John’s focus in the near future is to bring North Coal’s hard coking coal product to global markets to support the growing demand for steel.


Director of Environment

Bill brings over 20 years of experience in the mining sector to the company with significant experience in mine permitting and Environmental Assessment.


Manager of Social Responsibility
and External Relations

Patty has been with North Coal since 2019. She brings over fifteen years of management experience to the project and holds an M.Sc. Management degree from the University of Lethbridge. She is a community builder skilled at fostering collaboration, bringing together diverse groups to work together to achieve common goals. 



Novalee has been with North Coal since 2013. She brings over 20 years of accounting and finance experience to the company, ranging from financial institutions to mining companies.


First Nations Coordinator

Robert brings decades of Ktunaxa knowledge and experience to the North Coal team. Robert is an active Ktunaxa Nation member residing in the ʔaq’am community with extensive experience in archaeology and cultural heritage.


Senior Exploration Geologist

Abby started with North Coal in 2015 as a seasonal contract geologist before becoming a full-time employee in 2018. Her background is primarily in exploration developing green-field projects as well as expansion projects on active mine sites in both Canada and Australia.
Along with her numerous years of exploration experience, she has an extensive health and safety background in multiple industries, including mining and manufacturing. This experience includes auditing and creating company level health and safety management systems.


Lead Project Services 

Rachael has been with North Coal since 2017, starting in the field working on a drill rig and soon becoming a full-time team member. She brings eight years of coal mining industry experience in exploration and underground mining. Her work includes geospatial analysis, permitting, and project coordination.


Indigenous Relations and Education

Jonathan started with North Coal as a summer intern working with the geology team. His role has grown into working with communities and youth to talk about the project and the opportunities it brings to all.

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Who We Are 

North Coal Limited is a Canadian resource company based in Sparwood, British Columbia dedicated to providing a long-term source of steel-making coal for global markets.

We operate with a small, dedicated and expert team led by seasoned mining and environmental professionals. Our leadership team has decades of experience and expertise in a variety of resource-related disciplines including mining operations, coal production, permitting, water and wildlife management, reclamation, government affairs, community relations, First Nations engagement and economic development, among other areas.

Our current operational staff live and work in communities where we operate, regularly engage with local residents, and support community development. All staff follow responsible mining and environmental practices embracing continuous improvement to manage risks and effectively minimize the impacts of our activities. We work to understand the socio-economic challenges of our communities and target our social investment programs to improve the quality of life in areas where we operate.

Governance Structure

North Coal Ltd., a private company, is governed by a four-person Board of Directors (Board). The Board is responsible for setting the economic, environmental, and social strategy of the company and delegates authority to the Executive Director who oversees the implementation of economic, environmental, and social principles at the company level.

The President and team execute the mission, vision, and values endorsed by the Board. This includes consultation with stakeholders on economic, environmental, and social topics. The consultation activities are reported to the Board through monthly reports and bi-monthly board meetings. The Board reviews and signs off on the annual sustainability report.

Governing Policies

Environmental Policy

North Coal is committed to excellence in environmental performance. We manage our operations in a manner that is resource-efficient, minimizes our impact upon the environment and work closely with our communities and Indigenous people to ensure their values are reflected in our practices.
Environmental management, both during and after operations, is a key element of North Coal’s business philosophy. At all stages of development, there is a commitment to ensuring that any potential risks to the environment are identified and suitable controls put in place to mitigate their effects. At all times, North Coal will comply with all applicable environmental laws, regulations, and requirements.

Indigenous Peoples Policy

North Coal is committed to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and is dedicated to growing and promoting constructive relationships that define shared values and priorities.
North Coal recognizes that Indigenous Peoples’ rights, culture, and history are unique, and their interests and concerns are distinct and different from other stakeholders. North Coal will address those interests and concerns through meaningful engagement.
North Coal will engage with Indigenous Peoples potentially affected by our activities to:

  • Build respectful and transparent relationships through early and ongoing dialogue.
  • Support capacity development with appropriate resources.
  • Incorporate traditional knowledge into project planning and decision-making.
  • Support their community goals and objectives.

North Coal will continue to work with Indigenous people through mine life and into post closure.

Diversity and Inclusion Policy

North Coal is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workplace that embraces the uniqueness of individuals. Diverse and inclusive teams have a positive impact on our operations and lead to a better company. It is also important for our team to reflect the diversity of the communities and stakeholders we work with.
Workplace diversity is understanding, accepting, and valuing differences between people; differences including age, ethnicity, Indigenous origin or heritage, gender, physical attributes, beliefs, language, sexual orientation, education, and experience. Workplace inclusion builds a collaborative, supportive, and respectful environment that increases the participation and contribution of all employees.
North Coal is and will continue to be a diverse and inclusive place of employment. We are constantly learning and evolving to be more inclusive of all individuals. We believe all employees deserve a work environment that values and respects individuals for their talents, skills, and abilities and that such an environment benefits the collective.